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In loving memory of
James R. Rustino
  • May 31, 1935
  • -
  • December 12, 2019

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James R. Rustino of Daytona Beach and formerly of Stratham, NH died peacefully on December 12, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Somerville, MA on May 31, 1935 he was the son of the late James and Adele Rustino.
True to his automotive passion, he founded Export Auto Body and Towing in Medford, MA. Being the entrepreneur that he was, he ventured off to begin the Atlantic Sub Base and Emergency Ice in Salisbury, MA. Returning to his automotive roots, he founded Atlantic Transmission Rebuilders in Amesbury, MA in 1985, which he ran until he retired in 2014.
James enjoyed anything with a motor. Classic cars, trucks, motorcycles, tractors and especially boats. He was a lifelong member of the North End Boat Club in Newburyport, MA.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Karen Fedor Rustino, daughter Cheryl Whelan and her husband Pat of Daytona Beach, FL and their son Joseph and his wife Jennifer, daughter Diane DiGiau and her husband Bill of Stratham, NH and their children Stephanie and her husband Kevin, and Billy and his wife Celina, and his four loving great grandchildren, his sister Adele Rustino and her husband Warren, and his sisters-in-law Patricia Kustom, Mary Fedor and Valerie Fedor, and his nephews and nieces, in addition to many loving and supportive friends.
James’ family will receive friends from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm on Monday, December 16 at the Heritage Place at Baldwin Brothers, 620 Dunlawton Avenue, Port Orange, with a service at 3:30 pm.
The family would like to extend their deep appreciation to the staff of the Halifax Health Hospice in Port Orange, FL for their tremendous care and support.
You are invited to share your memories with the family at www.baldwincremation.com.


Heritage Place at Baldwin Brothers
620 Dunlawton Avenue, Port Orange, FL 32127
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December 16, 2019 at 3:30 PM


December 16, 2019
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Heritage Place at Baldwin Brothers
620 Dunlawton Avenue, Port Orange, FL 32127
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  1. 16 Dec 2019
    Bill Mann says:
    Jimmy was a great friend and will be truly missed by me and my family. I will always have great memories about Jimmy.

  2. 16 Dec 2019
    Bill and Lynne Mann lit a candle:
    Lit since December 16, 2019 at 12:21:39 AM

  3. 15 Dec 2019
    Peg Maloney & Ryan lit a candle:
    Lit since December 15, 2019 at 12:45:29 PM

  4. 15 Dec 2019
    Kathy and Kenny lit a candle:
    Lit since December 15, 2019 at 12:23:09 PM

  5. 15 Dec 2019
    Kathy says:
    Jim was larger than life--a man with a big heart, a great laugh. Kenny will miss their long talks about trucks and plowing all things MA. We will miss him dearly. We are so sorry for your loss. Love Kenny and Kathy (Hampton, NH)

  6. 15 Dec 2019
    Tim lawler says:
    Sorry to the family , fond memory’s of the Sub Base great friends until this day
    RIP Jimmy
    Tim lawler

  7. 15 Dec 2019
    Heather Donahue lit a candle:
    Lit since December 15, 2019 at 12:32:25 AM

  8. 15 Dec 2019
    Heather Donahue says:
    Sorry for your loss Rustino family

    Heather ,Kylie & Trey Donahue ( Susan’s daughter-in-law & grandchildren .)

  9. 14 Dec 2019
    David R Thomas says:
    One of the best men I've ever worked with spend time with and enjoy being with my best buddy James rustino Jim you'll be greatly missed by one of your favorite employees Dave

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